GS2: Governance

No country is doing enough to protect children’s health, finds study(TH) The kids aren't all right, according to a new report issued by a panel of child and adolescent health experts. Convened by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and The Lancet medical journal, the panel assessed how well 180 countries worldwide are doing at protecting the health and wellbeing of their youngest and most vulnerable citizens. The dismal conclusion? Not well at all.

"One in three payments for maternity benefit credited to wrong account (TH) Sometimes, the money is untraceable by beneficiaries and field functionaries, says NITI Aayog report

Privacy breach (IE) As the attackers could use the vulnerability in View As they could see “things like posts on their Timelines, their list of Friends, Groups they’re members of, and the names of some recent Messenger conversations”.

Govt. eyes public-private fund to give R&D a shot in the arm(TH), Limits of funding(TH) In an effort to stimulate investment in research and development (R&D), the Department of Science and Technology is mooting a fund that will match other contributions.

Bodo accord and rifts (TH) The third peace accord with the Bodos threatens to intensify the sociopolitical contestation among groups in the State not just in the expanded area, which will be renamed as Bodoland Territorial Region, but also regions where the so-called Scheduled Hill Tribes reside in large numbers.


GS2: International Relations

The Trump visit as India-U.S. trade booster? (TH) As a recent report by the Council on Foreign Relations noted, “U.S. and Indian officials have disagreed for years on tariffs and foreign investment limitations, but also on other complicated issues, particularly within agricultural trade.


GS3: Economy

Tardy pace of farm schemes irks FinMin (TH) Ministry asks banks to hurry, wants 2.33 cr. more PM-Kisan beneficiaries under credit card scheme


GS3: Defence & Security

Explained: How to unify defence resources(IE) There are two tri-services commands at the moment. The joint command at the moment, the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC), is a theatre command, which is headed by the chiefs of the three services in rotation.


Prelims Corner

"Yakshagana  -A young Muslim woman overcame resistance to acquire prowess in the art form

Tiger Reserves - Pakke(New highway threatens tiger territory in Arunachal Pradesh(TH)), A 692-km road through the Pakke Reserve has been cleared

Kawal(Adequate water to quench thirst of wild animals in Kawal Tiger Reserve)" No man-animal conflict foreseen on account of water, say officials